Tiger Boy

Tiger Boy, written by Mitali Perkins with illustrations by Jamie Hogan, tells the story of an Indian boy who lives in the Sunderbans, an archipelago of islands spanning Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, where the story is set. In this … Continue reading

The Jumbies

  The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste is a middle grade fantasy filled with magical creatures from Caribbean folk tales. Baptiste, who is from Trinidad, grew up with stories about forest dwelling creatures, some evil, some sneaky tricksters, who come at … Continue reading

Tru & Nell

  Tru & Nelle by Greg Neri is a middle grade novel about celebrated American authors, Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee, when they were children and best friends growing up in the small Alabama town of Monroeville during the … Continue reading

Inside Out & Back Again

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always insightful account of a young Vietnamese refugee. Written as a free verse journal, Há Mã begins her story in the bustling city of Saigon, Vietnam, … Continue reading

A Single Shard

    A Single Shard is a quiet book about a boy living in a small coastal village in mid to late 12th century Korea. The boy called Tree-ear has lived most of his life under a bridge with Crane-man, … Continue reading

Return To Sender

Return to Sender is a story about a family of undocumented Mexican migrant workers and the American family who employs them to work on their dairy farm in Vermont. The story is told by two sixth graders, Mari Cruz, the … Continue reading

PS Be Eleven

PS Be Eleven is the sequel to the wonderful and critically acclaimed One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. Set in the late sixties, both books tell the story of the Gaither sisters: Fern, the youngest, Vonetta, the middle sister, and … Continue reading


Fifty years ago Selma, Alabama, became the focus of a campaign to register African American voters. Dr. Martin Luther King, joined forces with the student organization, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which had been working on voter registration in … Continue reading